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National Children’s Study Begins Recruiting in Westmoreland County

WHAT: Media event discussing the National Children’s Study, the largest long-term examination of children’s health ever conducted in the United States. This study, currently being conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, has begun recruiting participants in Westmoreland County and 149 other counties nationwide.


  • Jane Cauley, Dr.P.H., vice chairwoman for research, Department of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Heath, and principal investigator, National Children’s Study in Westmoreland County
  • Debra Bogen, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Roy Clark, M.D., Westmoreland Obstetrics & Gynecology, and vice chairman, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Excela Health
  • Jerome Granato, M.D., chief medical officer, Excela Health

WHEN: 10 a.m., Thursday, March 10

WHERE: Campana Chapel, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

150 Finoli Dr., Greensburg, PA 15601

WHY: Conducted by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Children’s Study is following 100,000 children nationwide from before birth to age 21 to learn how the environment influences children’s health, development and quality of life. Researchers expect to analyze the information they collect for years to come, to gain new understanding of how environmental factors might interact with genes to affect health and development. The study broadly defines “environment” and considers issues such as natural and man-made environmental factors, biological and chemical factors, physical surroundings, social factors and genetics.

Officials selected Westmoreland County to recruit female participants for the National Children’s Study because of its location, its diversity and the number of children born there each year. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant in the next few years and who live in Westmoreland County may be eligible to participate.

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